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Publication Ethics

Duties of Authors
1. An author should present an accurate and complete account of the research performed, absolutely avoid deception, including the data collected or used, data fabrication and selective report.
2. An author should submit an original work, which is either previously unpublished or currently under no consideration to any other publications. Plagiarism in any form is unacceptable and is considered as a serious breach of professional conduct. Using of someone else’s prior ideas, methods, or results should be indicated and cited clearly.
3. The co-authors and their affiliations of a paper should be all those who have made significant scientific contributions to the work reported and who share responsibility and accountability for the results. The authors’ arrangement should be based on their contributions to the work. The inclusion of inappropriate co-authors and affiliations is absolutely unacceptable. Other contributions should be indicated in a footnote or an “Acknowledgment” section.
4. The funding source except for secret projects should be indicated very clearly and accurately in the paper. Any indication of irrelevant funding source is unacceptable.
5. Simultaneous submission to different journals is unacceptable. This applies to the entire period in which a manuscript is under Information and Control review. The submission to any other journals before receiving rejection from Information and Control is unacceptable.
6. All manuscripts must be peer-reviewed. Author is obligated to provide any kinds of data and materials required.
Duties of Reviewers
1. A reviewer should treat a manuscript sent for review as a confidential document. It should be neither shown to nor discussed with others except, in special cases, to persons from whom
specific advice may be sought; in that case, the identities of those consulted should be disclosed to the editor.
2. A reviewer of a manuscript should judge objectively the quality of the complete manuscript and the supporting information with due regard to the maintenance of high scientific and literary standards. A reviewer should respect the intellectual independence of the authors.
3. A reviewer should be sensitive to the appearance of a conflict of interest when the manuscript under review is closely related to the reviewer’s work in progress or published. If in doubt, the reviewer should return the manuscript promptly without review, and advise the editor the conflict of interest or bias.
4. A reviewer should be alert to the failure of authors to cite relevant work by other scientist, bearing in mind the complaints that the reviewer’s own research was insufficiently cited may seem self-serving.
Duties of Editors
1. Editors have the sole responsibility for acceptance and rejection of a manuscript. A manuscript may be rejected without external review if considered by the editors to be inappropriate for the journal. Such rejections may be based on the failure of the manuscript to fit the scope of the journal, to be of current or sufficiently broad interest, to be written in acceptable Chinese etc.
2. An editor should give unbiased consideration to all manuscripts offered for publication, judging each on its merits without regard to sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the authors.
3. Editorial responsibility and authority for any manuscript authored by an editor and submitted to the editor’s journal should be delegated to some other qualified editor. Editorial consideration of the manuscript in any way or form by the author-editor would constitute a conflict of interest, and is therefore improper.
4. All manuscripts should be double-blind peer reviewed. Reviewers are unaware of the identity of the authors, and authors are also unaware of the identity of reviewers. There are at least two or more reviewers for each manuscript.

Copyright Agreement
In order to ensure both the widest dissemination and protection of materials published in Journal of Natural Resources, we ask Authors to transfer the copyright of the Article they contribute to Journal of Natural Resources editorial office at Institute of Geographic and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. This enables us to ensure protection against infringement.
The transfer agreement in the following must be signed and returned to the Editorial Office before the manuscript can be published inJournal of Natural Resources.
Article Number:
Article Title:
Names of All Authors:
Journal of Natural Resources TRANSFER OF COPYRIGHT AGREEMENT
Copyright to the unpublished and original articles which are above-listed and submitted by the above author(s), the abstract forming part and any subsequent errata is hereby transferred to the Journal of Natural Resources which is cosponsored by China Society of Natural Resources and Institute of Geographic and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, published by Science Press, P.R. China. And then full terms of above-listed article are transferred to Journal of Natural Resources throughout the world, which are subject to the Author Rights defined hereinafter and to acceptance of the Article for publication in Journal of Natural Resources. All materials to be published as part of the Article are included in the transfer of copyright, which are included but not limited to tables, figures, and graphs.
The author(s) shall have the following rights (the “Author Rights”):
1) The Authors warrant that the work described has not been publish before, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The Authors warrant that the Article is original and that they have full power to make this grant. It contains no matter that is scandalous, obscene, libelous, or otherwise contrary to law.
2) This agreement does not affect all proprietary rights other than copyright and the publication rights transferred to Journal of Natural Resources. In particular it does not affect patent rights or moral rights in or to the Article.
3) The copyright covers the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute the Article, including reprints, translations, photographic reproductions, microform, electronic form (offline, online) or other reproductions of similar nature. The Authors warrant the transfer all of above rights to Journal of Natural Resources.
4) The right to make and distribute copies of the Paper for internal purposes, such as, the further copies of all or part of the published article for my use in lecture or classroom teaching, reusing all or part of this material in a compilation of my own works or in a textbook of which I am the author and copies of the published work for internal distribution within the institution that employs me. I/We agree that copies made under these circumstances will continue to carry the copyright notice that appeared in the original published work. I/We agree to inform my co-authors, if any, of the above terms. I/We certify that I/we have obtained written permission for the use of text, tables, and/or illustrations from any copyrighted source(s), and I/We agree to supply such written permission(s) to Editorial Board of Journal of Natural Resourcesupon request. Commercial purposes or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.
5) To post and update the Work on non-Publisher servers (including e-print servers) as long as access to such servers is not for commercial use and does not depend on payment of access, subscription, or membership fees. Any such posting made or updated after acceptance of the Work for publication shall include the citation information and copyright notice and should provide an electronic link to Journal of Natural Resources web site.
6) If the work that forms the basis of this Paper was done under a contract with a governmental agency or other entity that retains certain rights, the copyright in the Paper belongs to your employer as a work-for-hire. In that case, Editorial Board of Journal of Natural Resources assumes that when you sign this Agreement, you are authorized to do so by your employer and that your employer has consented to the transfer of copyright, to the representation and warranty of publication rights, and to all other terms and conditions of this Agreement. If such authorization and consent has not been given to you, an authorized representative of your employer should sign this Agreement as the Author.
7) This agreement becomes effective on the date of signature, and the place of implementation is Beijing, P, R. China.
8) If disputation on other matters, both parties will settle; if the negotiation fails, then both parties deal with in accordance with the "Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China" and relevant laws and regulations.
I confirm that I have read and accept the full terms of the Transfer Copyright Agreement.
Signature(s)(all of the Authors):
Date:
Please return the completed and signed original of the Agreement by post or fax. You may email a scanned copy of the signed Agreement for convenience, but please return the original signed copy by post. Please send to the following address:
Room 3120, Section 3
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS
No. 11A Datun Road, Andingmen Wai,
Chaoyang District, Beijing
Fax: 0086-10-64889771

Policy on Peer Review
Journal of Natural Resources accepts full-length research papers, review or mini review papers, short communications and special issues. The manuscript must be written in Chinese or English and should have been neither published nor submitted for publication elsewhere.
All articles will undergo double-blind peer review prior to acceptance. The Editorial Committee reserves the right to make the final decision on the acceptance or rejection of the contribution. The authors will be requested, before final acceptance, to revise and return their manuscripts according to the referees’ suggestions, comments or criticisms for improvement of the quality. Failure to return the manuscript revised strictly following the editor’s requirements in time will significantly delay processing of the manuscript. Any queries should be answered in full.
All authors will be asked to check the proofs thoroughly for any possible layout or typographical errors before publication. Because of the high cost of alterations, only typographical or data errors of fact can be corrected in proof and no major changes can be included at this stage. Please note that authors are urged to check their proofs carefully before return, since the inclusion of late corrections cannot be guaranteed. All proofs should be returned to the Editorial Office of Journal of Natural Resources in time. Failure to do so may result in a delay to publication.
 
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